2018 NRL – St George-Illawarra Dragons vs Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 13th April, 10:50 (UK)

Where? WIN Stadium

What channel is it on? UK – St. George-Illawarra Dragons vs Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks will not be televised live in the UK Australia - Nine Network, Foxtel, LIVE PASS

Where can I stream the match? UK - N/A Australia - https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-...

Are tickets still available? https://www.dragons.com.au/gam...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

DRAGONS

Head Coach: Paul McGregor

Starting 13: Dufty, Macdonald, Aitken, Lafai, Nightingale, Widdop, Hunt, Graham, McInnes, Vaughan, Frizell, Sims, De Belin – Interchanges: Latimore, Mann, Ah Mau, Sele – Reserves: Host, Lomax, Robson, Lawrie

Unavailable:

  • St George continued their 100% start to the season but were made to sweat as a late comeback from South Sydney almost saw them lose their first game of the year last week. The Dragons won 16-12 although it should have been more comfortable having led 16-2 with nine minutes left.
  • Paul McGregor has made just one change to his in-form side with Hame Sele coming onto the bench in place of Luciano Leilua.
  • The win over Souths was arguably St George’s least impressive display of the season but they were still very good, highlighting how high they’ve set the bar this season. However, one area they will look to improve this week is their defence with them missing 36 tackles.

SHARKS

Head Coach: Shane Flanagan

Starting 13: Moylan, Lee, Dugan, Leutele, Holmes, Hodkinson, Townsend, Fifita, Brailey, Prior, Lewis, Graham, Gallen – Interchanges: Capewell, Dillion, Seumanufagai, Paulo – Reserves: Ramien, Sorensen, Williams, Flanagan

Unavailable: Sione Katoa, Jason Bukuya, Sosaia Feki, James Segeyaro

  • Cronulla couldn’t make it three wins on the spin as they were comfortably beaten by Sydney Roosters last week. The Sharks’ misfiring attack was once again evident as they went down 10-28.
  • That loss last week has prompted several changes with Matt Moylan reverting to fullback and Trent Hodkinson starting at five-eighth. Josh Dugan returns from a groin injury in the centres with Edrick Lee starting on the wing in place of Sosaia Feki. Kurt Dillion comes onto the bench to make his debut with James Segeyaro making way with a head knock.
  • The Sharks have scored just 68 points from their five games, an average of 13.6 points per game. That figure is the joint-second lowest in the NRL with only bottom-placed Parramatta scoring fewer (44) at this stage of the season.

THE PREDICTION

St George continue to impress and host now play host to a Cronulla side that has lacked attacking spark this season. The Dragons have scored 86 points more than the Sharks in just five games, highlighting the difference in the way the two teams have been playing this season. St George are averaging 30.8 points per game and although that might be difficult to maintain against a Cronulla team that have conceded 15.2 points per game, they should extend their winning run here although Cronulla should put in an improved performance thanks to their change in personnel.